January 2021 News Global Defence & Security Industry - Military


According to a press release published on January 19, 2021, the KATANA 155mm smart artillery ammunition manufactured by the French company Nexter Ammunition successfully demonstrated its flight control capability during a test campaign in Sweden from December 7 to 11, 2020. This success marks a decisive milestone for the KATANA development program.

According to a contract released by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on January 15, 2021, American company Lockheed Martin Space, Sunnyvale, California, is being awarded a sole-source, cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price definite contract under a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to provide maintenance and sustainment for two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) batteries for UAE (United Arab Emirates).

Nexter and Texelis, as part of the temporary grouping of companies (GME) light-VBMR (véhicule blindé multi-rôles) Serval, were notified on December 23, 2020 by the French Delegation for Armaments (DGA) of the first production tranches of the Serval contract, i.e. 364 vehicles. This notification provides for the delivery in 2022 of the first 12 production vehicles in the first half of the year, followed by a further 96 in the second half.

Boeing has been awarded contracts in the past year totaling $974 million to develop a next-generation seeker for the U.S. Army’s Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile system, as well as continue and expand production on current generations of the PAC-3 seeker, in Huntsville, Alabama, as a subcontractor to Lockheed Martin.

BAE Systems announces on January 14 that it has signed an extensive mid-life upgrade contract worth more than $500 million with the Dutch Defence Materiel Organization (DMO) for the Royal Netherlands Army’s fleet of 122 CV90s, with an option for an additional 19 vehicles. The upgrade program with a new turret will vastly improve the vehicle’s capabilities while providing crews with improved protection and ergonomics for increased combat efficiency.

The Indonesian Minister of Defense, Prabowo Subianto symbolically handed over 40 Maung tactical light vehicles made by PT Pindad (Persero) to the Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Army, General TNI Andika Perkasa at the Defense Ministry Leadership Meeting (Rapim) on January 13, Defense Studies reports . PT Pindad President Director Abraham Mose expressed his appreciation for the Ministry of Defense's trust in using domestic products to support the TNI.

Abaco Systems announces on January 14 an initial award of a USD 900,000 design win, with a lifetime potential win of several million, for ground control interface supporting Space Force’s Protected Tactical Satellite (PTS) Communication Program (SATCOM). PTS serves as a next generation anti-jamming satellite communication system to support warfighters globally.

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems announces on January 14 that it has completed the second phase of Germany's Transparent Battlefield study and performed a demonstration of its BNET advanced SDR communication and its Fire Weaver sensor to shooter system for the German Army. The event took place in Paderborn, Germany, in November 2020, in front of representatives from the Bundeswehr and various partners and industries.

Two marine battalions will be equipped with BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles (IFV). Pacific fleet marines will be the first to get them. One battalion will be equipped in each of the two brigades. Previously, the IFV modification was only exported. The hardware will increase the firepower and mobility of marines in the Far East, the Izvestia daily writes.

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